In This Issue
Board of Directors
Paralegal / Legal Assistant
Receptionist / Legal Assistant
2013 Directory Changes
Evans, Angela, 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 500, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone: (309) 839-8340
Hoffman, Melissa, 100 NE Monroe, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone: (309) 671-7113,Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vogel, Steven H., 456 Fulton St., Suite 203. All other information remains the same.(Effective October 1, 2013)
Wilburn, Emily H., 227 NE Jefferson, Phone: (309) 674-1133, Fax: (309) 674-6503, Email:email@example.com.
Email Address Changes:
Columbus Day PMCLE
The Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar will be held on Monday, October 14, 2013, at the Packard Plaza. Sign-in and lunch begins at 12:00 p.m., the Seminar will be from 12:30 – 2:30 p.m. The topic for this seminar is “Expand Your Awareness and Improve Your Business.” Cost for the seminar is $65.00 for PCBA Members, $80.00 for McLean County Bar Members and $95.00 for non-members. This price does include a box lunch. Please be sure to mark your lunch preference when registering by mail. Deadline to register is October 9, 2013. To register online you may go to www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE. A Registration Form is included with this issue.
10th Annual Diversity Luncheon
The Annual Diversity Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Peoria Marriott Père Marquette. This year’s featured speaker will be Monica Torres-Linares, Founding Member of Legal Prep. Tickets are $35.00 per person or $350.00 per table of ten. Reservations may also be made online. Deadline to reserve your seat is October 16, 2013. Remember, proceeds for this event help fund the Diversity Scholarship and this year’s scholarship recipient will be announced at the luncheon. If you have questions, please contact the PCBA Office (309) 674-6049.
Illinois Joining Forces
Many local attorneys have been providing services to local military personnel and veterans through efforts largely coordinated by local attorney Michael Lied of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC. The PCBA hopes that by joining IJF, it can institutionalize Mr. Lied’s efforts to find and match service members to an attorney who can assist them, while empowering a greater number of service members with legal access and knowledge.
Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
14 Columbus Day – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
1 Noon Real Property – H & H Title lunch sponsor
Communications & Technology
Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee - Member Link to Wellness
By Ronald L. Hanna, Chair, FHW Committee
CAFFEINE: Are Monster caffeine levels akin to a Jekyll-and-Hyde personality in the stress of the courtroom and the office? Most attorneys I know drink lots of coffee. Learn how much is too much by clicking http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/caffeine/NU00600.
Strides for Justice 5k:
FHW Member Tip:
If you would like to join this vibrant committee, please contact Linda, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
Our next new members’ luncheon will be held on November 13, 2013. Invitations to our newest members will be mailed soon. The PCBA “Hospitality Reception” has been set for Thursday, November 21, 2013. All PCBA members, Judges and newly-admitted attorneys are welcome. Further details to follow in the November LegalEase.
Second Notices have been mailed; please forward your payment with the pink copy notice to the PCBA, or you may pay online at https://peoriabar.org/product/membership-dues. Thank you to all attorneys who have made their dues payments in a timely manner. According to Article VII., Section 2. of the By-Laws: “If the dues of any member required to pay dues are not fully paid within sixty (60) days after billing, the Secretary-Treasurer shall again bill such delinquent member for dues. If, upon the expiration of thirty (30) days thereafter, [October 5, 2013] such member’s dues remain unpaid, such member shall thereupon automatically cease to be a member of the PCBA, his/her name to be deleted from the membership roster.…”
YLC Blood Drive
2013 Project Santa
Illinois Unites for Marriage
Peoria County Pro Bono Plan
By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, email@example.com
We would like to thank the following attorneys and their staff who have recently closed pro bono cases: Andrew Bell, Jennifer Bonesteel, Sue Bosich, Kendric Cobb, Courtney Dean, Steven Glancy, Sam Harrod, Christopher Ryan, Derek Schroen, Marci Shoff and Michael Sposato.
Pro Bono News
The law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen and the Legal Division of Caterpillar, Inc. held their semi-annual wills clinic on Monday, September 16th, at the Peoria Friendship House. The attorneys prepared wills and advanced directives for clients from Habitat for Humanity who will be new home owners, clients of Friendship House, and other seniors and low income persons in our community. In all 19 persons received this valuable service. We would like to thank the following attorneys for their participation, Timothy Bertschy, Andrew Keyt, Greg Rastatter, John Redlingshafer and the Paralegal staff at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, and Mark Flannery, Alexandra Nellos and Gina Vollmer, from Caterpillar Inc. and their Paralegal staff.
The ABA Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service has designated the week of October 20-26 as National Celebrate Pro Bono Week. This week has been set aside to honor those attorneys who feel it is their responsibility to guarantee that equal justice for all, as provided in our Constitution, still has meaning. The need for pro bono services is becoming ever more important during these harsh economic times. The Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission is calling for more pro bono efforts to meet this growing need, and there has been an unprecedented response by attorneys to meet this demand across the county. We are very proud of the attorneys in the Ninth and Tenth Judicial Circuit that have given so generously to this effort, and we thank you for your generous contributions. During this week we will be putting effort into educating and informing the community about the important work that pro bono attorneys do every day to help those less fortunate.
Access to Justice… After Hours 2013 will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Weaver Ridge Golf Club. This is a fundraiser to benefit Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. The event will feature a live and silent auction, live music, appetizers, and a cash bar. Auction items include a one week time share to Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands, University of Illinois football tickets, a wine tasting package, and a fishing trip package. Tickets are available online at www.pslegal.org or by contacting Prairie State’s office at 674-9831. Ticket price is $30 per ticket, although a $10 discount will be given to all ticket purchasers age 36 and under. All proceeds from the event will support Prairie State’s programs in Peoria and the surrounding communities. Please join us on October 17 to support the work of Prairie State. If you have any questions, or would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact Managing Attorney Denise Conklin at 309/621-4011 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2013-11
423 Juvenile Delinquency and Child Protection 2 Hon. Michael E. Brandt
203 Civil 3-chancery, probate, miscellaneous remedies Hon. David J. Dubicki, Hon. Richard D. McCoy and a Judge from Tazewell County on Tuesdays
Michael E. Brandt, Chief Circuit Judge
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE TENTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLINOIS
ADMINISTRATIVE ORDER 2013-12
Whereas Peoria County is implementing a new case management system, the Integrated Criminal and Civil Justice System, and whereas the installation of said system will involve the transfer of large amounts of data planned to commence at the close of business on Thursday, November 7, 2013, continuously thereafter 24/7, and to conclude on Monday, November 11, 2013.
For all courts in Peoria County, it is directed that no court dockets be scheduled for Friday, November 8, 2013, excepting emergency matters such as emergency orders of protection, warrant returns, and the like. Monday, November 11, 2013, being a designated court holiday, regular courts may resume on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Michael E. Brandt, Chief Circuit Judge
The Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice invites you to attend the Second Annual Conference On Access to Justice Pro Bono: Closing the Justice Gap in Illinois Courts. The Keynote Speaker will be Bryan Stevenson, Executive Director, Equal Justice Initiative on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 at 1:30.-5:00 p.m., James R. Thompson Center, Assembly Hall Auditorium, Concourse Level, 100 W. Randolph, Chicago, IL. Please RSVP to email@example.com by October 9, 2013. CLE Credits will be available.
Peoria County Veterans Memorial
The Peoria County Board has established a committee for the purpose of planning and raising funds for the construction of a final Veterans Memorial on the Courthouse Plaza. The Committee’s intent is to construct a fitting memorial in honor of Peoria County’s Veterans of Korea to the present, as well as any possible future conflicts. This memorial will honor Peoria County Veterans who have served in the U. S. Military during the Korean War, Vietnam War, Grenada, Panama, Persian Gulf, Somalia, Haiti, Bosnia, Kosovo, Iraq, Afghanistan and the War on Terrorism. In addition, this memorial will honor the 106 Peoria County Veterans who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam by listing their names on the memorial panels. This project cannot be completed without the support of Peoria area businesses, local governments and citizens. The goal is to raise $500,000 which will enable completion next year. All contributions will be for restrictive purposes of the costs related to planning, designing, constructing, dedicating and maintaining a final Veterans Memorial on the Peoria County Courthouse Grounds. The support of the Peoria Area Business Community during Peoria County’s efforts in establishing the Memorials of World War I & II veterans was greatly appreciated and we trust that PCBA members will assist in completing the tasks to honor all Peoria County Veterans.
Kenneth C. Baker, J.D., Peoria County Veterans’ Memorial Committee
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Peoria County Holds Informa-tional Meeting at Two25 in the Mark Twain Hotel. The public is invited to attend an information meeting held by CASA of Peoria County from 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 10, 2013 at Two25, 225 NE Adams St. Light snacks will be provided. CASA has an especially strong need for male and minority volunteers. For people interested in becoming a CASA volunteer, please note that the next training class will be held from November 9-18, 2013. For more information on this event, call Pamela Perrilles (309) 699-2939. To give a child a CASA Volunteer is to give them a voice. To give them a voice is to give them hope, and to give them hope is to give them the world.
Bradley University’s Pre-Law Center will be hosting their Third Annual Mock Trial Tournament on the Bradley Campus this fall (October 19-20). The dates and times for each round are listed below. The time slots reflect an allotment for a period for registration and a brief judge’s orientation. For morning rounds, we would ask that judges arrive no later than 8:30 a.m., and for afternoon rounds, no later than 1:00 p.m. Some rounds may be longer than others, so the times listed are meant to reflect the maximum length of time for a given round:
Saturday, October 19, 2013; 8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or Saturday, October 19, 2013; 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. or Sunday, October 20, 2013; 8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. or Sunday, October 20, 2013; 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Please contact Nicole D. Meyer, Director Pre-Law Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625. Phone: (309) 677-4186 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve as a judge.
The Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) will be Honoring the Achievements and Installation of, Chief Justice Rita B. Garman, Illinois Supreme Court and Chief Judge Diane P. Wood, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, on Tuesday, October 29, 2013, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Chicago Cultural Center, 78 E. Washington St., 4th FL-Yates Gallery, Chicago, IL. Tickets are $75.00 for WBAI members if purchased by October 17, 2013, $100.00 for Non-members and guests purchasing tickets after October 17, 2013. Sponsorships are also available: Gold-$3,500., Silver-$2,500. or Bronze-$1,500. Please RSVP to Monique Austin, WBAI Office, (312) 341-8530 or by email email@example.com.
8th Annual Casablanca-Dancing with the Local Stars
Who will be voted the best celebrity dancer in the Peoria Area? (PCBA member Cindy Kennedy is one of the “Local Stars” and Illinois Supreme Court Justice, Hon.Thomas L. Kilbride will be on the judging panel). Find out at this year’s fundraiser, which will be held on Saturday, November 2, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom, East Peoria, IL. Tickets are $150.00 per person you may purchase tickets online www.casaofpeoria.eventbrite.com or by contacting Pamela Perrilles (309) 669-2939. All proceeds benefit Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) for children of Peoria program.